The town of Pauanui (a Māori-language name meaning “big pāua (abalone)”) is on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. It lies at the mouth of the Tairua River on its south bank, directly opposite the larger town of Tairua.
The area is a popular holiday destination, with an estimated summer holiday maker population of over 15,000. Pauanui is known as New Zealand’s holiday destination for the elite and wealthy. It is approximately a one-hour 50 minute drive from Auckland – New Zealand’s most populous city.